Stories for August 2013


Friday, August 30

Let’s all write America’s bucket list

Over the summer I’ve perused three or four books about bucket lists (those collections of tasks, large and small, that one dreams of completing before “kicking the bucket”) and my reading dovetails nicely with the perceived state of the nation.

August 30, 2013 5 p.m. read more..

A dry bath in paradise

The evening was one of those that come back to you time after time, year after long year. It comes back and whispers of how good life can be when you’re well fed, enjoying life, and a good friend shares the front porch with you on a summer’s evening.

August 30, 2013 4:53 p.m. read more..

Studebaker restoration a tribute to first owner

Considering it’s more than 60 years old, the shiny little white Studebaker pick-up truck parked in front of Sunnyside’s Albrecht Glass looks pretty darn close like it did when it rolled out of the South Bend, Indiana Studebaker assembly line plant in 1952.

August 30, 2013 4:49 p.m. read more..

Chamber gathering

Sunnyside Inn Bed and Breakfast hosted the tri-chamber social last night, Thursday, for the Sunnyside, Grandview and Prosser chambers of commerce.

August 30, 2013 4:24 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 29


Test scores rising in local schools

Test scores continue to climb in school districts around the Lower Valley, according to statistics released by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

August 29, 2013 noon read more..

Wednesday, August 28

Water rationing continues

MABTON – Even as residents in south Mabton were seen watering their driveways early Tuesday evening despite the town’s current emergency water restrictions, Mabton City Council was learning its water woes are getting worse.

August 28, 2013 4:54 p.m. read more..

Mabton police aid in Pine Street pot grow bust

MABTON – Mabton police assisted the Drug Enforcement Agency and LEAD Task Force agents in raiding a Mabton residence last Friday. The Pine Street residence was known by police to be a marijuana grow operation, Mabton Police Chief Rick Gutierrez told Mabton Council last night (Tuesday).

August 28, 2013 4:51 p.m. read more..

Deputized DeLorean

It was back to the future on the first day back to school in Grandview as Assistant Police Chief Kal Fuller cruised around in Lynn Boast’s DeLorean to write tickets in school zones.

August 28, 2013 4:49 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside city computers to be upgraded

Sunnyside Finance Director David Layden told the Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night that the costs of information technology services from Yakima County will not increase, but that the city’s computers need to be upgraded.

August 28, 2013 4:48 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside City Council Briefs

The Sunnyside City Council has canceled its workshop meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 3, due to lack of agenda items. The next regular council meeting will be Monday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Law & Justice Center.

August 28, 2013 4:42 p.m. read more..

Grandview to consider marijuana moratorium

GRANDVIEW – Considering how it might establish zoning laws and issue business licenses once Washington state’s legalized marijuana law takes effect, the Grandview City Council plans to consider a moratorium.

August 28, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..

Board approves staffing moves

MABTON – In action this past Monday, the Mabton School Board approved personnel changes that included hiring elementary school secretary Cynthia Gallegos, assistant high school football coach Nathan Smith and math teacher Stephen Wofford.

August 28, 2013 4:36 p.m. read more..

Got ewe

Yakima Humane Society Animal Control Officers Stephanie Riehs and Crystal Goss (above L-R) escort one of two sheep that were on the lamb from C. Speck Motors’ service department Tuesday afternoon.

August 28, 2013 4:33 p.m. read more..

Weather system grant approved

The Sunnyside City Council approved a resolution this past Monday night to accept a Federal Aviation Administration grant for $257,266 to fund the purchase and installation of the Sunnyside Municipal Airport's automatic weather observing system.

August 28, 2013 noon read more..

Tuesday, August 27


New providers at Yakima Memorial

Two new providers have joined Memorial Physicians, PLLC. Praveen Guturu, MD will be working with Yakima Gastroenterology Associates. Guturu earned his medical degree from Andhra Medical College in Visakhapatnam, India, completed his residency and fellowship at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas and is board-certified in Internal Medicine.

August 27, 2013 3:55 p.m. read more..

Monday, August 26

Special guest

Sunnyside Mayor Jim Restucci introduced his mother, Gina Barry, who is visiting Sunnyside from Rocky Hills, Conn., to the Sunnyside Lions Club during its dinner meeting late last week.

August 26, 2013 5 p.m. read more..

Pole fire likely caused by rain storm

A pole fire, which reportedly may have been caused by transformer sparks due to Sunday’s late afternoon rain storm, was easily contained last evening, according to Sunnyside firemen.

August 26, 2013 5 p.m. read more..

Healthy families

An open house and literacy night event last Friday at Grandview’s Inspire Development Center drew numerous families from throughout the community.

August 26, 2013 5 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside math coach honored as ESD 105’s regional teacher of year

Joshua Schlegel, a Mabton native and math coach at Harrison Middle School in Sunnyside, this morning was honored as ESD 105’s Regional Teacher of the Year for 2013-14. The surprise announcement came Monday morning during a meeting at the SHS auditorium for Sunnyside School District employees.

August 26, 2013 5 p.m. read more..

Friday, August 23


Outdoor fun planned at state parks

The state parks August events calendar continues with a variety of exciting offerings for visitors who want to take part in the yearlong Centennial 2013 celebration.

August 23, 2013 4:35 p.m. read more..

It’s menudo time in Granger

It’s time to break out your favorite menudo recipe and polish it off for entry into the 10th annual Washington State Menudo Festival to be held Sunday, Sept. 1, at Granger’s Hisey Park. The festivities begin at 11 a.m.

August 23, 2013 4:32 p.m. read more..

Labor Day events slated

GOLDENDALE – If you are looking for fun and entertainment amongst the vineyards, Maryhill Winery is the place to be Labor Day weekend – Aug. 31-Sept. 2.

August 23, 2013 4:25 p.m. read more..

Car show in Naches on tap for Sept. 14

NACHES – Sign-ups are currently being taken for those who want to enter their favorite rides – cars or motorcycles – in the Fire ‘Em Up Naches Fire & Rescue Show & Shine.

August 23, 2013 4:24 p.m. read more..

Central Washington State Fair seeking talent

YAKIMA – Musical entertainers and bands that would like to perform at the 2013 Central Washington State Fair are urged to sign up to perform on one of the fair’s stages. Fair officials are looking for local talent to perform throughout the week between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

August 23, 2013 4:20 p.m. read more..

GHS drama students on stage Sept. 5-7

GRANDVIEW – Three performances of “Drama 102,” an original play written by Grandview High School drama club members, will be staged at Smith Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 5, through Saturday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m.

August 23, 2013 4:17 p.m. read more..


Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo at Kennewick’s Benton County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Family movie night at Sunnyside’s Oasis Community Church, 6 p.m. (free admission). Sunset vineyard trail ride at Benton City’s Kiona Vineyards, 6:30 p.m.

August 23, 2013 4:16 p.m. read more..

Skateboarders attract police attention

Reports of juveniles skateboarding off loading docks in the 700 block of East Edison Avenue were among the suspicious circumstances reported to Sunnyside police during the past 24 hours. Police were unable to locate any skateboard activity in the reported area.

August 23, 2013 3:58 p.m. read more..

Kim case proceeds to motion hearing

Helen and Fred Kim’s journey through Sunnyside’s legal system continued this past Thursday morning, when they were assigned a motion hearing date of Friday, Sept. 13, at 9 a.m.

August 23, 2013 3:51 p.m. read more..

Few calls for deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded to two automatic alarms and took an informational call yesterday (Thursday) in the Lower Valley.

August 23, 2013 3:50 p.m. read more..

Hotdog heaven

Deciding which toppings to use to dress the hotdogs served at Thursday’s Sunnyside Port District appreciation BBQ was a serious matter for young Addison Hester (at left).

August 23, 2013 3:15 p.m. read more..

Mattalynn Meyers

Mattalyn “Mattie” Meyers loves her community and she believes it is important to instill the enthusiasm she has for Sunnyside with others.

August 23, 2013 3:09 p.m. read more..

It’s never too late to show you care

Earlier this week I read a heart-touching story about a 92-year-old woman adopting a 71-year-old woman who has since her teens been a part of the older woman’s family.

August 23, 2013 2:39 p.m. read more..

Let the Pantsuit dance

It’s time to address the burning question on the lips of every American this summer: what will happen to Bryan Cranston’s pork pie hat after “Breaking Bad” ends its run?

August 23, 2013 2:32 p.m. read more..

Childless they deserve to live?

Whether you are arising from a long, luxurious sleep or frantically cleaning up melted crayons, surely you have a strong opinion on the cover story in the Aug. 12 “Time” magazine: “The Childfree Life: When Having It All Means Not Having Children.”

August 23, 2013 2:27 p.m. read more..


Our church is reading the Bible in a year and we’ve recently been immersed in the Book of Job. We observed that Job took a great risk in challenging God to answer his complaint. Job wasn’t content with the traditional rationale of his friends who said his suffering was a result of sinfulness on his part. Job was innocent and he was willing to take his case to the supreme judge for vindication.

August 23, 2013 1:33 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 22


Towing contract awarded

YAKIMA – The Yakima County commissioners this past Tuesday awarded a contract for investigative and evidence tow services to Elite Towing and Recovery Services, which operates in Sunnyside and Yakima.

August 22, 2013 3:50 p.m. read more..

Backpack give-away

Backpacks filled with school supplies were donated to the Sunnyside School District’s five elementary schools this week, just in time for the start of the new school year (Aug. 27).

August 22, 2013 3:23 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 21


An American ‘trial’

At one time in history, there was a general belief in the Divine Right of Kings. Whatever the king or ruler decided at that moment was the law. Thus, standards were constantly changing. Because “power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” in the immortal words of Lord Acton, laws handed down by kings were often arbitrary, unfair, unjust and cruel.

August 21, 2013 4:55 p.m. read more..

Is CO2 really the target?

Environmental activists claim they want to reduce production of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. If so, they’re going about it in a very strange way.

August 21, 2013 4:53 p.m. read more..

Marriage is alive and well…for some

Boy, are some Americans losing interest in marriage these days. According to a National Center for Family and Marriage Research study, the U.S. marriage rate is on the decline. Whereas 92 out of 1,000 single women married in 1920, only 31 out of 1,000 are marrying today.

August 21, 2013 4:47 p.m. read more..

Rare remote wars

My friend shared this hilarious story with me, so I will pass it on: Our church choir in Post Falls, Idaho always enjoyed taking holiday music to assisted living facilities. The room in Hayden, Idaho provided just enough space for the choir to stand in two rows between the fireplace and the audience of residents.

August 21, 2013 4:27 p.m. read more..

Fortune smiles on Martin

YAKIMA – After two weeks Sunnyside finally has a second candidate for the District 3 city council contest in this November’s General Election.

August 21, 2013 3:11 p.m. read more..

Case dismissed against man video taping police

A man’s right to video tape a Sunnyside police SWAT team raid has been upheld by Sunnyside Municipal Court Judge Steven Michels. Michels dismissed an obstruction of a law enforcement officer charge brought against Thomas C. Warren of Sunnyside, after Sunnyside Deputy Police Chief Phil Schenck and City Prosecuting Attorney Kenneth W. Raber agreed to withdraw the charges.

August 21, 2013 3:10 p.m. read more..

Communication one of key issues, says Mabton School Board candidate

With three children attending classes in the Mabton School District, Wendy Morrow has a vested interest in the district’s success. She’s not just interested in the school district, she’s also becoming an active participant. That includes a decision last week to file for a vacancy on the Mabton School Board.

August 21, 2013 3:06 p.m. read more..

Seattle’s World Fair documentary underway

In 1962 Seattle hosted the World’s Fair. Structural engineers with the Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington were a large part of the process that made it so unique. That’s according to today’s Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club speaker Jill Shuttleworth, a local engineer.

August 21, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..

Pastor in the making details teen mission to Tucson, Arizona

Alex Brouwer returned to the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club Monday afternoon as a guest speaker. Brouwer, who graduated from Sunnyside Christian High School this past summer, had served as a student representative to the club for two years. His return was marked by good attendance as Brouwer gave a presentation on a mission trip taken by the Grandview Church of the Nazarene to Tucson, Ariz.

August 21, 2013 3:04 p.m. read more..

Music therapy for Alzheimer’s patients

Dear Savvy Senior, what can you tell me about music therapy for Alzheimer’s patients? I’m helping my dad take care of my 80-year-old mother who has mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease and thought it might be something worth trying. How do we proceed? - Unmusical Mary

August 21, 2013 3 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 20

Busy as a...

Insects that look to be paper wasps make hay in the sunshine on a sunflower in Sunnyside.

August 20, 2013 5 p.m. read more..

Temporary fix of water shortage being implemented

MABTON – In an effort to improve the city’s water supply and to accommodate the opening of Mabton schools, Mabton city officials, along with the state Department of Health has approved the opening of city well #3.

August 20, 2013 4:45 p.m. read more..

'Bloomerang' makes its return

Save time on Saturday Sept. 14, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to attend the second annual Bloomerang Vintage Flea Market to be held in Sunnyside.

August 20, 2013 4:08 p.m. read more..

What do new investors really need to know?

If you’re starting out as an investor, you might be feeling overwhelmed. After all, it seems like there’s just so much to know. How can you get enough of a handle on basic investment concepts so that you’re comfortable in making well-informed choices?

August 20, 2013 4:06 p.m. read more..

Monday, August 19


Not much rest for congressman during summer break

Other than a family reunion in Portland, Ore. this past weekend, U.S. Congressman Doc Hastings is using the summer break from Washington D.C. to visit the folks he represents. It’s no small task, as his constituents live from as far south as the Columbia Gorge to as far north as the Canadian border.

August 19, 2013 11:29 a.m. read more..

Busy weekend for deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies investigated a theft reported from the 100 block of South McLean Road near Sunnyside yesterday morning (Sunday). The victim said a credit card had been stolen.

August 19, 2013 9:18 a.m. read more..

Grandview School Board sets new meeting dates

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School Board, which meets twice a month during most of the year, has set its new meeting schedule for the coming school year. The board approved the meeting schedule during last week’s regularly scheduled meeting.

August 19, 2013 9:16 a.m. read more..

Eight county wastewater plants earn awards

Eight Yakima County wastewater treatment plants are among the 107 perfect performing treatment plants in the state which have been awarded the state Department of Ecology 2012 Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award.

August 19, 2013 9:15 a.m. read more..

Friday, August 16

Summer play slated for early September

GRANDVIEW – Four reluctant students learn through disappointment that they must be the change they want to see in the world in a summer on-stage presentation by the Grandview High School drama club.

August 16, 2013 4:46 p.m. read more..

Valley-wide talent show planned

PROSSER – People of all ages are invited to participate in the Prosser Chamber of Commerce Valley’s Got Talent contest sponsored by PMH Medical Center.

August 16, 2013 4:44 p.m. read more..

Ben Vereen to be featured speaker at symposium

YAKIMA - Tony Award winning actor, singer and dancer Ben Vereen will be the featured speaker at the 28th annual Merrill Scott Symposium Banquet scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Yakima Visitors and Convention Center, located in Yakima.

August 16, 2013 4:43 p.m. read more..

Carnival in Tri-Cities

KENNEWICK – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey invites families to plug into a circus experience like no other at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Fully Charged - Gold Edi-tion, to be staged at the Toyota Center in Kennewick Thursday, Sept. 26, through Sunday, Sept. 29.

August 16, 2013 4:42 p.m. read more..

Exhibit opens Sept. 12

YAKIMA – The Larson Gallery and Yakima Valley Museum will have on exhibit artwork by Leo Adams beginning Thursday, Sept. 12.

August 16, 2013 4:40 p.m. read more..

Doug Diamond featured musical guest at jamboree

MABTON - The August Gospel music jamboree will feature artist Doug Diamond. Everyone is welcome to enjoy his singing, guitar playing, great sense of humor and his love of Gospel music at the monthly jamboree.

August 16, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..

Primary lessons

The primary election that appears to be mercifully coming to an end next week has me longing for the days when we used to have the old polling places down the street.

August 16, 2013 4:33 p.m. read more..

Epithets good for the soul

“Sanctimonious siphons, it’s hot!” said Dud, sitting at the philosophy counter and turning over his coffee cup for action with a single smooth move. Dud is a regular at the Mule Barn truck stop’s legendary world dilemma think tank.

August 16, 2013 4:23 p.m. read more..

Support lauded

Thank you so much to my wonderful American West bank team, all of our customers in the Sunnyside and surrounding areas, and friends for their attendance and support of the spaghetti dinner held Aug. 11.

August 16, 2013 4:21 p.m. read more..

Great minds on government

Too many of our political leaders see government as the solution to our challenges. If only they paid more consideration to what some of our great minds had to say about government.

August 16, 2013 4:18 p.m. read more..

Farm Workers Clinic volunteers earn Point of Light Award honors

YAKIMA - The Ameri-Corps members in the Community HealthCorps at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic recently earned the Daily Point of Light Award for their service to the community. The Daily Point of Light Award is given to individuals who contribute to their communities through volunteerism, making an impact and working to address their community’s needs.

August 16, 2013 4:07 p.m. read more..

Thieves strike Outlook twice

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a burglary reported yesterday morning (Thursday) from the 300 block of Outlook Road near Outlook. The only item listed as missing is a cell phone.

August 16, 2013 4:04 p.m. read more..

Busy day for cops in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview are investigating a theft reported yesterday afternoon (Thursday) from Eastside Park. Yesterday officers also responded to two automatic alarms, a citizen complaint, three reports of malicious mischief and four noise complaints.

August 16, 2013 4:04 p.m. read more..

Myriad of complaints phoned in

Sunnyside police investigations during the past 24 hours included two reports of suspicious circumstances and three reports of problems with juveniles.

August 16, 2013 4:03 p.m. read more..

Job numbers climb in Yakima County

In June, Yakima County’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point since last November. The rate for June 2013 was 8.7 percent, a significant drop from May’s 9.5 percent unemployment rate.

August 16, 2013 4:01 p.m. read more..

Project HOPE car wash Saturday

Sunnyside High School’s “Operation HOPE” will hold a car wash at Pizza Hut, 2680 Yakima Valley Highway, Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise money for the club to be used for future community projects.

August 16, 2013 3:43 p.m. read more..

Slaying dragons

PROSSER – In a span of just over a year, Katherine Weaver’s husband left and a child she hoped to adopt was snatched from her.

August 16, 2013 11:36 a.m. read more..

Something cool

Since it has been so hot lately I thought it would be nice to think about something cool, like the Antarctic.

August 16, 2013 11:32 a.m. read more..

Thursday, August 15


Pervs in the press

The creeps who edit New York’s <em>Daily News</em> and <em>Post</em> are expanding the boundaries of bad journalism, which, considering the source is quite a trick. That’s regrettable, because the city’s tabloids used to provide fun and relatively harmless reading.

August 15, 2013 3:59 p.m. read more..

Congressional mailbag

In addition to receiving thousands of e-mails, phone calls, letters and messages from social media on a variety of topics, I recently conducted a round of telephone town halls to all eight counties that make up the Fourth Congressional District. I want to share a few questions that your neighbors recently asked me:

August 15, 2013 3:36 p.m. read more..

The little red hen

Once upon a time, there was a little red hen who lived on a farm past the woods. She was friends with a bossy but politically connected pig, a groveling sheep who worked as a flunky for the village and a scared little mouse who specialized in running away and hiding.

August 15, 2013 3:32 p.m. read more..

Varied calls phoned in to deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies responded to a variety of calls in the Lower Valley yesterday (Wednesday), including two traffic problems, an animal problem, a noise complaint, a missing person report and a request for a welfare check.

August 15, 2013 3:08 p.m. read more..

Local firemen have slow day

Sunnyside firemen answered seven aid calls during the past 24 hours. They also provided citizens with five transports and made one facility transfer.

August 15, 2013 3:06 p.m. read more..

Neighbor spots burglary

GRANDVIEW – An alert neighbor reported a possible burglary to police yesterday (Wednesday) from the 600 block of Hillcrest Road. The neighbor reported that children had broken into a garage. Grandview police are investigating the incident.

August 15, 2013 3:04 p.m. read more..

Motorist in fatal accident ID’d

The man who died in a one-vehicle rollover accident early this past Tuesday morning approximately seven miles north of Sunnyside has been identified by the Washington State Patrol.

August 15, 2013 3:03 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside Connects opts to go off the grid

After a lengthy discussion on whether or not its meetings should be open to the public, the group known as Sunnyside Connects opted to tear up its old agreement, draft a new one and become an unofficial ad hoc forum.

August 15, 2013 2:46 p.m. read more..

Cougar Baseball Camp

Three Pac-12 baseball teams have won four national titles over the past 10 years, including the last two seasons.

August 15, 2013 11:24 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 14


What did you see today?

My office window opens to the view of my back yard, lined with towering lilac bushes. A wire runs from one telephone pole to another about three feet above the lilacs.

August 14, 2013 4:07 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside couple celebrates golden anniversary

Longtime Sunnyside residents Pete and Marjean Laverman will mark 50 years of marriage with a dinner celebration followed by a holiday to Cannon Beach, Ore. The dinner celebration will be held Friday, Aug. 16, at Snipes Mountain Restaurant and Brewery with family and friends.

August 14, 2013 4:02 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 13


DUI enforcement campaign begins this Friday

DUI is the leading cause of death on Washington roadways, accountable for nearly half of the 439 fatalities on the state’s roads during 2012. That’s why between Aug. 16 and Sept. 2 extra officers will be looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or other drugs during the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

August 13, 2013 4:38 p.m. read more..

Fatal accident on SR-241 occurs early this morning

The Washington State Patrol has reported that a fatality occurred as the result of a one-vehicle rollover accident just before 1 a.m. this morning (Tuesday). The site of the deadly mishap was about seven miles north of Sunnyside on SR-241, near milepost 19.

August 13, 2013 4:37 p.m. read more..

Quiet Monday for G’view cops

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview investigated a theft reported in the 600 block of West Wine Country Road yesterday morning (Monday).

August 13, 2013 4:36 p.m. read more..

Deputies stay busy in valley

Yakima County Sheriff deputies received two reports of animal problems, a report of malicious mischief, a noise complaint and a report of a court order violation yesterday (Monday). Deputies made an arrest in the court order violation incident.

August 13, 2013 4:33 p.m. read more..

Council approves use of temporary employees

The Sunnyside City Council approved a memorandum of agreement Monday night with Teamsters Local #760 – Police Support Unit to allow the use of temporary employees, provisional and part-time, in the event that staffing falls below the minimum levels to be operational due to attrition, sick leave and staff shortages.

August 13, 2013 4:29 p.m. read more..

Growth management addressed

Monday night the Sunnyside City Council heard the first reading of the city’s comprehensive plan and development regulations updates as required by the Growth Management Act.

August 13, 2013 4:28 p.m. read more..

Abeyta named to state board

Yakima attorney David P. Abeyta of Abeyta Nelson Injury Law has been elected to the Board of Governors of the Washington State Association for Justice.

August 13, 2013 4:26 p.m. read more..

Avoid ‘cramming’ for college savings

If you have children, you’re keenly aware that it’s getting close to back-to-school time. Today, that might mean you need to go shopping for notebooks and pencils. But in the future, when “back to school” means “off to college,” your expenditures are likely to be significantly greater. Will you be financially prepared for that day?

August 13, 2013 4:21 p.m. read more..

School offices in Grandview open Aug. 15

GRANDVIEW – All of the Grandview school offices will open on Thursday, Aug. 15, for parents and students with questions, registration needs or other official business to tend to.

August 13, 2013 4:19 p.m. read more..

Monday, August 12


Team pull contests staged in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – With driving ambition to exhibit willpower and strength, nearly a dozen teams of horses competed last Friday at the annual team pull competition at Fisher Arena in Grandview.

August 12, 2013 10:59 a.m. read more..

Car engine destroyed by fire

Sunnyside firemen were called to extinguish a car fire at the intersection of South Ninth Street and East Harrison Avenue late last Saturday night.

August 12, 2013 10:55 a.m. read more..

Lots of action in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – Police in Grandview have been swamped since last Friday morning, responding to a burglary and three theft reports along with more than 50 other calls in that time.

August 12, 2013 10:54 a.m. read more..

Deputies have busy weekend

Yakima County Sheriff deputies were busy in the Lower Valley over the weekend, taking three dozen calls since last Friday morning, including three burglary reports.

August 12, 2013 10:53 a.m. read more..

Training exercise

Sunnyside police officers in an effort to be prepared for extreme scenarios must undergo continued training.

August 12, 2013 10:38 a.m. read more..

Friday, August 9


It's menudo time in Granger

GRANGER - It's time to break out your favorite menudo recipe and polish it off for entry into the 10th annual Washington State Menudo Festival to be held Sunday, Sept. 1, at Granger's Hisey Park.

August 9, 2013 midnight read more..

Miss Sunnyside candidate Katelyn Hazzard

Showing younger girls that living in a small town doesn't limit oneself is what motivates Katelyn Hazzard. She is vying for the 2013-14 Miss Sunnyside title and wants to be a better role model for her community.

August 9, 2013 midnight read more..

Thursday, August 8


City hall slowdown

The number of building permits being requested in the city of Sunnyside has gone up significantly this year but the staff available to process those permits has been reduced.

August 8, 2013 midnight read more..

Magician of sorts Daybreak Rotary speaker

Spreading the message, &quot;Be inspired by the magic of Rotary,&quot; Rotary International District 5060 Governor Darrell Blue of Yakima this past Wednesday morning stopped to visit with Sunnyside Daybreak Rotarians.

August 8, 2013 midnight read more..

City council primary race too close to call

There are neck-and-neck political contests, then there are neck-and-neck-and-neck races like the Sunnyside City Council Dist. 3 primary. As of yesterday's latest tally, incumbent Don Vlieger pulled into a tie with challenger Spencer Martin at 56 votes each, with challenger Victory Ochoa just one vote back. Initial vote counts Tuesday night had just six votes separating the three, led by Martin with Vlieger three votes back. The only thing that remained unchanged from Tuesday's count in Dist. 3 is the one write-in candidate. The top two vote-getters in primary races advance to the Nov. 2 general election contest

August 8, 2013 midnight read more..

Immediate care clinic now open to Sunnyside residents

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic has opened a new immediate care clinic in Sunnyside. Clinic services include treatment for rashes, minor burns and injuries, ear infections, colds, sore throats, sprains, as well as flu shots and immunizations.

August 8, 2013 midnight read more..

Wednesday, August 7


Fundraiser planned for 'Cowboy'

A fundraiser to help Frank &quot;Cowboy&quot; Mendez, a Sunnyside School District bus driver, will be held at the Sunnyside Eagles Aerie lodge this coming Friday, Aug. 9.

August 7, 2013 midnight read more..

Dinner, auction fundraiser on tap

A spaghetti dinner and silent auction are planned as a part of a fundraiser being held Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Sunnyside Masonic lodge, according to event spokesperson Barbara Davis.

August 7, 2013 midnight read more..

Mabton history buffs sought

MABTON - A meeting to discuss the preservation of Mabton's history will be held Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Mabton Civic Center, South Street in Mabton.

August 7, 2013 midnight read more..

Making sense: Evil never sleeps

Rush Limbaugh fielded a phone call the other day that even he couldn't answer. &quot;What's happened to the country I live in?&quot; asked the frustrated woman. &quot;And what do we do now?&quot; The Great Rushbo was understandably flustered.

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Role of a journalist is not always easy

This week the news staff at the Daily Sun News was asked to read a trade journal article written about the firing of a freelance writer who spoke out during a public meeting.

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Tjitze Jacob (Jake) van Oostrum, 85, of Sunnyside died on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 in Sunnyside. Mr. van Oostrum was born Nov. 28, 1927 in Oudega, Smalingerland, FR, The Netherlands to Willem and Trijntje Alida (Drenth) van Oostrum.

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Tuesday, August 6


Clean-up nearly complete at former Carnation plant

The past week has brought more indications of progress on cleaning up the former Carnation plant in Sunnyside at the corner of South First Street and Lincoln Avenue. One took place last week with installation of a sign updating the public on the efforts.

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WSU names spring graduates

PULLMAN - Numerous students from the Lower Yakima Valley earned Washington State University undergraduate degrees during the spring 2013 semester.

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Family fun night Aug. 30

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a &quot;Family Fun Night&quot; on Friday, Aug. 30, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Grandview Community Center, located at 812 Wallace Way.

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Suspect named in Sunday's shooting

Anthony Scott Snyder, 31, of Outlook has been named as the suspect in a shooting this past Sunday morning that resulted in the death of Roberto Licea of Sunnyside.

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Monday, August 5


Washington unveils new health care plans

OLYMPIA - Washington state residents have a clearer picture of what Obamacare will mean for them after insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler announced last Thursday his approval of 31 insurance plans for the state's new insurance exchange.

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Sunnyside man shot to death

Roberto Licea, 29, of Sunnyside was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to his abdomen shortly after being taken to Sunnyside Community Hospital yesterday morning (Sunday) at about 9 a.m.

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Friday, August 2


At-risk teens being prepped on ways to land jobs

A group of 15 students showed up every day this week at a vocational training program held at the Sunnyside Worksource building to learn about teen employment, job readiness, work ethics, cover letters, writing resumes and interviewing.

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Book review...'Kingdom' Q&A

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.&quot; Every Sunday churches around the Yakima Valley and around the world repeat that phrase from the Lord's Prayer. But what does it really mean?

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What's Happening

FRIDAY Friday Fix Concert Series, featuring 3rd Date, at Kennewick's Keewaydin Park, 5-9 p.m. Moxee Hop Festival, 5 p.m.-midnight.

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PIGnic in the Park contest

Wanting to promote this year's theme for the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo, &quot;PIGnic in the Park,&quot; the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo Foundation members put their heads together to come up with contests to achieve that goal.

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Free backpacks at Verizon store tomorrow

Parents of children who need a backpack for school should stop in at The Cellular Connection in Sunnyside (2680 Yakima Valley Highway) at noon tomorrow for the store's backpack giveaway.

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Thursday, August 1



Josefina Segovia, 88, of Grandview went to be in the arms of her heavenly Father on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Josefina was born Oct. 24, 1924 in Mercedes, Texas, the daughter of Ines and Juana (Guajardo) Cantu Sr.

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New recreation coordinator has big plans for Sunnyside

Megan Razey swam with the Sunnyside Sharks summer swim team for 14 years, but in the process of interning as a recreation coordinator, she also spent time in Key Largo swimming with real sharks. Now she's returned to Sunnyside to give the city's recreation program a boost.

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No leads on Grandview shooting

GRANDVIEW - Police in Grandview continue to investigate this past Tuesday night's shooting but have made no arrests and said they have no suspects.

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